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So I thought I'd show you what I bring when I travel makeup wise. I've got everything I need for most occasions, but I've stripped out most of the unnecessary fluff. For me, this is really quite minimalist. Click the product image for sources.
I like to have both a pressed powder and a liquid foundation. You never know when the local water is going to cause your skin to go a little crazy. I like the NYX stay matte but not flat liquid foundation which I can also use as a concealer for my under-eyes when I'm not doing a full face of it. Most days though, barring a huge breakout, I use the powder foundation from Revlon Nearly Naked. I always wear sun screen (Even when I'm not traveling) because I'm so fair. SPF 70 might not be needed, but I like to be on the safe side. The urban decay primer potion only gets used when I wear eye-shadow. This is more of an going out to dinner than visiting tourist attractions essential.
On to the eyes! I love the L'Oreal kajal eyeliner. You can get either a really sharp line, or a something much chunkier and smokier. I usually use a liquid eyeliner, but since I don't check baggage I need to keep my liquids down for the flight. For my mascara I use CK One's Voluminous Mascara. You can twist the top of the wand based on white kind of coverage you want. The brush will retract and lengthen. I don't pack an eyelash curler. I curl my lashes using the side of my brush, much like this blogger does with a q-tip. The most important thing in my makeup kit is my Naked 2 Palette from urban decay. It's got a huge selection of eye shadows to create looks from, and a good brush to boot. I can also use it to fill my brows, highlight my face, and in a pinch to contour. It saves space by being a palette and is easy to find in my bag. It has a rather large mirror too which means I don't need to pack a separate compact.
Besides the brush in my Naked 2 Palette, which I use for eyes and brows, I have two face brushes. The first one is the Real Techniques setting brush. I use this brush for contouring, applying powder, and sweeping away fallout. If I was bringing blush I could use it for that as well. The second brush is the stippling brush which I use to apply the liquid foundation. You get a much cleaning finish than just using your fingers because you can buff and blend better.
The lips! Don't forget your chap-stick! Travelling and flying can be really drying, and there's no point in bringing lipstick to put over chapped lips. Even better is to bring a chap-stick with SPF, because burned lips can very easily ruin a vacation. I give myself two options for lip color, a bright red for dressing up, and a lip butter for wearing during the day. The reason I don't bring blush is because I can use these like a liquid blush. Putting a few very tiny dots on my cheeks and then blending like crazy. No need to spend a bunch of money on the two and one cheek and lip stains, lipstick is already two in one!
Finally, to take it all off, get face cleansing wipes. Not only are they handy because you can wash your face/take off your makeup anywhere, they're not considered a liquid by the TSA! So go ahead and bring as many as you want!
Whats are your beauty travel essentials?